Published : Wednesday, October 24, 2018 | 2:33 PM
In honor of October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, students at Immaculate Heart High School & Middle School donned pink ribbons and t-shirts as they raised $2,800 for Helen’s Room, a resource and care center for cancer patients at Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles.
As they have each fall for the past several years, Immaculate Heart students came together in creative ways to raise money and bring awareness to breast cancer, a disease that has touched the lives of so many people the students know.
During October, students decorated the campus with pink garlands and purchased tickets for a special “Jeans & Pink Day.” The Girls’ Athletic Association and the Black Student Association sponsored a barbecue and concession stand before the high school’s “Breast Cancer Awareness” volleyball matches in the auditorium, which featured pink posters and balloons. Meanwhile, student members of the California Scholarship Federation crafted supportive notes for women fighting breast cancer. Pandas with Purpose, the middle school outreach service group, also sold pink ribbons, scarves, and baked goods during lunch and after school.
As a result of their combined efforts, the students raised more money than ever before for Helen’s Room, which provides free wigs, hats, scarves, mastectomy bras and other support services to women with breast cancer.
Immaculate Heart’s fundraising efforts this year culminated with a special assembly where students welcomed Monica Kahn, the founder of Helen’s Room, along with Rosemary Boston, manager of Good Samaritan Hospital’s Cancer Services Center, and Christine Esquivel, the hospital’s oncology patient navigator. The three women thanked students for helping Helen’s Room make a difference in the lives of patients fighting breast cancer. To date, Helen’s Room has offered support to more than 5,000 women.
About Immaculate Heart
Founded in 1906, Immaculate Heart High School & Middle School educates young women in grades sixth through 12th from its central location in the Los Feliz foothills near Griffith Park in Hollywood. The school has a long and distinguished history, with more than 10,000 graduates. Today’s student body of more than 700 young women is both geographically and ethnically diverse, drawing on students from throughout Los Angeles County. Last year, virtually 100 percent of Immaculate Heart graduates matriculated to colleges, including the most prestigious schools in the country.